from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Open to more than one interpretation: an ambiguous reply.
- adj. Doubtful or uncertain: "The theatrical status of her frequently derided but constantly revived plays remained ambiguous” ( Frank Rich).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Open to multiple interpretations.
- adj. Vague and unclear.
- adj. Of persons: hesitant; uncertain; not taking sides.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Doubtful or uncertain, particularly in respect to signification; capable of being understood in either of two or more possible senses; equivocal
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of doubtful or uncertain nature; wanting clearness or definiteness; difficult to comprehend or distinguish; indistinct; obscure.
- Of doubtful purport; open to various interpretations; having a double meaning; equivocal.
- Wavering; undecided; hesitating: as, “ambiguous in all their doings,” Milton, Eikono-klastes (1649), p. 239.
- Using obscure or equivocal language.
- Synonyms Equivocal, etc. (see obscure), indeterminate, indefinite, indistinct, not clear, not plain, amphibolous, dubious, vague, enigmatical, dark, blind.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead
- adj. having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns
- adj. having more than one possible meaning
From Latin ambiguus, uncertain, from ambigere, to go about : amb-, ambi-, around; see ambi- + agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ambiguus ("moving from side to side, of doubtful nature"), from ambigere ("to go about, wander, doubt"), from ambi- ("around, about, on both sides") + agere ("to drive, move"). (Wiktionary)